Homemade Pumpkin Doughtnuts + Weekend Brunch

Happy Hump Day! Yes, half the week may be over but we’re finally seeing a break in this Wisconsin cold. The high is 22 today (it’s been in the single digits all week). I am more than ready for winter to be over and April to be here, because we are going to FLORIDA!

Still, we’ve been doing a ton of fun things lately despite the cold – like the Icebreaker Indoor Marathon Relay and book club on Sunday. Check our Laurie’s review for the book we chose, “Gone Girl.”

Personally, I liked the book until the end. Psycho people like Amy don’t sit well with me. True, Nick was a cheating dog, but Amy was manipulative, insane and a ying character. My main gripe with this book was there wasn’t a character I liked or gravitated toward.

I just finished our next book club book last night, “Matched” by Ally Condie. This one was a much faster read for me. I’ve even moved onto the second book, “Crossed.”

Anwyay, back to Sunday’s book club.

Each of us brought something to Laurie’s house for brunch, and I made pumpkin doughnuts using a Doughnut Pan Kit from Stonewall Kitchen.


I’ve wanted a doughnut pan for the longest time. I’m so glad I finally buckled down and bought it! Baked doughnuts are so much healthier than fried. Karis made some AWESOME Maple Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnuts  for brunch once, so those are my next project. I also added some homemade coffee/chocolate cookies to the platter.

Laurie made these delicious mimosas using almond champagne. BEST mimosas ever! By the way, we finally got to see Laurie and James’s new house. I’m so jealous of all the space they have and their huge backyard! Milo, Murphy and Oliver had a blast running around.


Brittney and Ryan brought homemade cinnamon bread and qunioa cups. I asked Brittney where they got the bread recipe from and she said we gave it to her! HAHA. We did loan them our bread machine and gave them a copy of recipes we use for it. #BlondeMoment


Laurie totally blew me away with her Sausage and Egg Bake with Green Peppers. This is the perfect brunch casserole to make for out-of-town guests. I love dishes they are easy to make but feed a lot of people. She also made Strawberry Bruchetta, which she originally made for her sister’s bridal shower. Delish.

Three words to describe Sunday: Book Club Rocks!

Question: Are you or have you ever been in a book club?

This is my forth book club. From my experience, they’re more fun when you have fewer people (I was in a club that had 14 people once!) and everyone has similar taste in books, which Brittney, Laurie and I definitely do.

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